The Portuguese national ice hockey team were close in both their meetings, but they were unable to take a victory against two amateur squads in a visit to Prague, Czech Republic this weekend.

Featuring players from various places from across the world, including Canada and the United States, Portugal put together a team for a two-game exhibition series against Czech Republic based amateur teams, the Lions and the Stingers, on January 14th. In the morning game, the Lions came out on top with a 2-0 victory, only to see the Stingers take the 3-0 victory over Portugal later in the day.

A year ago, Portugal played host to the Czech’s in a two-day series, taking home the 6-4 and 6-2 victories.

Per the IIHF, Portugal currently has 48 men’s players and 116 players in the country total. While they are IIHF members, they only have an associate membership, meaning they can play in tournaments, but just not in official IIHF World Hockey Championship events. A full explanation of the membership structure can be found here.

Portugal does have a long history of playing roller hockey, with the team winning gold’s at the U17 and U20 level’s this year. At the men’s division, the team has won a total of 18 Nations Cup’s, considered to be one of the biggest roller hockey tournaments in the world.

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